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Poster: Monte B Cowboy Date: May 2, 2013 10:09am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: the "lost" (hoarded?) Telluride tapes exposé

One more time... how about some "sleuthing help"?

I published a "free" Taper's Handbook here several years ago because nobody else put together a multimedia one like mine. A lot of people contributed to its contents. I made a few errors along the way. A couple of them have been corrected. In the meantime, tapers Jerry Moore and Owsley Stanley have passed away, but tapers Bob Menke and Gerry Olsen have published old tapes they recorded, among others. Also note that new photos and videos have also come into circulation. Not to mention: I ran into Matt Smith about a year ago; he did a great job transferring my 1973 GD tapes "perfectly"; and I was blown away by how clear they now sound.

There is a "lost video tape" section at the bottom of my taper handbook page. What I am asking for please is some sleuthing help to locate my lost video tapes from the 1985 Telluride Bluegrass Festival.

On January 30, 2011, I finally published my exposé about this on Planet Bluegrass' Festivarian Forum. It details everything I know about this, who to contact, and how to contact them or track them down. In conclusion I stated, "The years went by. I've hesitated to mention this very often because, frankly, I didn't want to embarrass the Colorado community."

The other day this comes up again on Festivarian Forum. Someone asked, what about old Telluride Bluegrass Festival films and documentaries? I responded with some comments. Hundreds more people are reading about this again. Everyone wants these tapes! Where are they? Please help me and the community. Thank You.

Telluride Bluegrass Festival 1985: Challenger Productions "lost video tapes" story by Monte Barry
• SBD audio recording
• 8-camera setup engineered by Glenn Hill and Monte Barry
• we videotaped TBF 1985 on four Ampex VPR-3 one-inch VTR reels
The 12th Annual Telluride Bluegrass Festival -- June 21-23, 1985
Emmylou Harris and the Hot Band • John Hartford • Seldom Scene • Tony Trischka and Skyline • Hot Rize • Tony Rice • Nashville Bluegrass Band • Chris Daniels and the Kings • New Grass Revival • Doc and Merle Watson • The David Grisman Quintet • Peter Rowan and Crucial Country • Mark O’Connor • Bryan Bowers • Alaska’s Hobo Jim

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Poster: pinyonjay Date: May 2, 2013 5:29pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: the 'lost' (hoarded?) Telluride tapes exposé

What an insane lineup!!!! And I guess Bela Fleck and the Flecktones can be added to this already over-the-top list of artists based on the Festivarian thread.

I would LOVE to see/hear this. Best of luck on your quest, Monte!

Link is to KBOO in Portland with a Doc and Merle concert at Reed College 2/14/71 (not sure where I first was directed this way, possibly here on the Archive.) It came to my (simple) mind seeing the '85 TBF lineup.

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Poster: Monte B Cowboy Date: May 3, 2013 8:25am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: the 'lost' (hoarded?) Telluride tapes exposé

Thanks for your comments. (KBOO in Portland is where Matt Smith works.) For the record, why don't I, and why can't I, track down these lost Telluride tapes myself? Short answer: I don't have the resources for this; I don't have the budget for this; and, by me not being involved in asking any questions, there's no conflict of interest on my part. So, this means I'm an excellent "inside source" to the investigators, and I'm a wealth of knowledge about this, and nothing more.

Telluride Bluegrass Festival page

There's many scholars, teachers, musicians, artists, and die-hard fans reading this. I have a simple suggestion / request. My advice is to engage some kids from a school newspaper, or from a music class at school, or something similar. Get some kids together, engage them on this issue, and give them The Green Light. Challenge them to find out what happened to these tapes. Young kids will easily know what to do. Give a few young kids some encouragement. Let the kids figure it out. I'm sure they can do it. This is a decent act of kindness. We just need a few questions asked and answered about where the 1985 TBF video tapes are. Your video engineers (not Tim) are pictured together a couple months after taping it.

(l to r) Tim Keefe, Monte Barry, Glenn Hill on Mount Princeton summit in 1985